Not having seen Linda for many years, I find she is not the girl __ she used to be.

Status
Not open for further replies.

on the way

Member
Joined
Dec 7, 2010
Member Type
Student or Learner
Native Language
Chinese
Home Country
China
Current Location
China
The sentence above is one I came across while working at a grammar excercise. The key opts for "that", which is understandable to me, but why is "who" unacceptable here? Any reply is appreciated. Thank you all again.
 

HanibalII

Member
Joined
May 9, 2012
Member Type
Student or Learner
Native Language
English
Home Country
Australia
Current Location
Australia
Moderator's note:

Hanniballl wrote a post saying that he would not use 'that' or 'who' in that sentence. In attempting to post the message below (in black), I inadvertently deleted Hanniballl's post and replaced it with my own. Unfortunately, I am unable to restore Hanniballl's original post.

My apologies to Hanniballl..


I too would probably omit 'that', certainly in speech. If I used a word, I'd probably use 'that', but 'who' is not unacceptable, in my opinion. Who told you it was?
 
Last edited by a moderator:

on the way

Member
Joined
Dec 7, 2010
Member Type
Student or Learner
Native Language
Chinese
Home Country
China
Current Location
China
The key in the exercise book opts for "that" instead "who", which indicates "who" is not appropriate there, if not necessarily unacceptable. By the way, the options include "who", "whom", "that", "which". I understand "that" can be omitted here, but why "that" is preferable to "who" in that particular context? What kind of principle or rule applies here? That's what I'm dying to know. Thank you all.
 
Last edited:

bhaisahab

Moderator
Staff member
Joined
Apr 12, 2008
Member Type
Retired English Teacher
Native Language
British English
Home Country
England
Current Location
Ireland
I think "who" would make it sound like she was literally a different person.
 

5jj

Moderator
Staff member
Joined
Oct 14, 2010
Member Type
English Teacher
Native Language
British English
Home Country
Czech Republic
Current Location
Czech Republic
I think "who" would make it sound like she was literally a different person.
I am not sure that I agree entirely, but I certainly think there's something a little odd about 'who' in such sentences.
 
Status
Not open for further replies.
Top